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Trawler workers arrested after Unalaska altercation

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2003

UNALASKA (AP) Five trawler processing workers are accused of ganging up on another crewmember on a dock in Unalaska.

Sean M. McGraw was stabbed several times in the attack Tuesday, according to police. He was medevaced to Anchorage in critical condition, but police said he is expected to recover.

The five workers were arrested on charges of assault and riot. They had fled the scene by the time police arrived and were hiding on the vessel, Seafreeze Alaska, before surrendering to authorities.

The workers are set for a court appearance Thursday.

One of the alleged attackers is 20-year-old Vaisola Taumalua of Federal Way, Washington. He is accused of stabbing McGraw with a knife normally used for chopping the head off of fish.

The other four defendants are from Washington, Hawaii and California. They are accused of punching and kicking McGraw.

Police said the fight broke out after McGraw punched another crewmember in a dispute over a missing magazine.

The Seafreeze Alaska is a bottom-trawling Bering Sea factory ship owned by U.S. Seafoods of Seattle.

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